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NEC has taken Nintendo's Wii Remote to its logical conclusion and announced that it is developing device controls you wear on your wrist. Each watch-like gadget comprises an accelerometer for motion sensing, plus sensors that register touches to the arm. The sensors divide the arm into four zones, NEC said: the upper, middle …


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  1. Crazy Operations Guy

    Dialing a phone by gestures?

    So could I put my work as 'macarena' and the girl as 'The hustle'? I can see it already, someone doing the Chicken dance to call a taxi.

  2. Ammaross Danan


    Or you can just put big gel-soft-type buttons on the wristband.... I wonder how this setup would react during jumping jacks, since it seems to be pitched as a "while exercising" device that can detect hand claps.....

  3. Gordon 10 Silver badge


    Is there a Market for this with next gen UI tools like kinect?

  4. Richard Scratcher


    I hope this gadget is robust enough to actually wear and doesn't break like my self-winding watch did. I overwound it while I was watching Baywatch.

  5. TheProf Silver badge

    Talking Heads

    Then we'll all look like David Byrne in the Once In A Lifetime video. Only stupider.

  6. JaitcH

    I wonder what applications DARPA will have in mind for US clapping soldiers?

    So I guess we can see clapping, arm waving soldiers in the future as they direct their heavy guns or order in a drone to knock off some innocent.

    Different, anyway.

  7. Tigra 07 Silver badge
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    Which genius thought that one up...

    "and mobile phones that may be operated remotely while stored in a bag,"

    And what purpose does that have?

    Hello!? Can you hear me?! Sorry, let me just get the phone out my bag so i can hear you...

    1. Kd


      You have never heard of, use, or own a headset, wired, or otherwise...

      Or do you use a dick to phone?

  8. g e

    Forget Rock Band...

    Arm Band, anyone???


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